Author Sidney Vollmer shares with us his personal story of how he transformed over the past few months from blunt houseplant executioner to tender plant aunt. While many people hoarded toilet paper in the pandemic, he and his two-year-old daughter collected plants and seeds. Encouraged by her enthusiasm as she greets her plants as she waters them, Sidney's hunger grows for more knowledge about these new green housemates.
Plants with memory
Sidney, who once would only give his plants the most cursory attention, takes us along with him on his journey of discovery. He learns about plants alive today that already existed when we were still living in the Stone Age, plants that imitate stones, and plants with memory. He discovers which plants can move, and learns about the beautiful interrelationship between plants, fungi and animals. Overwhelmed by his discoveries, Sidney comes to realise that houseplants could actually save the world.
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About Sidney Vollmer
Sidney Vollmer is a writer. His last book ON / OFF: In Search of Balance in Digital Times is a collection of personal essays on culture and digital technology. He lives near Amsterdam with his girlfriend and daughter and their white cat, Snowden.
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